Those who climb Mt. Everest report breathtaking views. Many thousands of dollars and many months of training and preparation are put into that one point where, even for just a moment, you stand on top of the world.
Climbing Mt. Everest provides a fitting illustration for what Purdue students experienced at our Fall Retreat. Many students and staff put in hundreds of hours to prepare for this one moment (in our case, a weekend) where students are ushered into the very presence of God and allow him to change their lives through his Word, worship, and fellowship.
While in that place where they could see clearly, students heard from our speaker, Ben Rivera, on how they can live their lives after Christ’s example. He communicated that Christ’s death and resurrection to save mankind was the whole reason we are on campus. They were empowered to shine the Gospel light in their classes, residence halls, clubs and greek houses. No one left without receiving that vision.
One student named Will left Fall Retreat with a heart stirred deeply for Christ’s death on the cross for him, “Knowing one act of love can change the entire landscape of humanity…I just can’t wrap my head around it.”
Another shared, “[Cru] taught me God loved me and is there for me even when I do not feel like it.”
Many hours of hard labor from staff and students went into bringing 267 Purdue students to Fall retreat. Now, after being “on top of the world” for a weekend, they begin the second half of the journey; which is applying what they learned to witness for Christ back on campus. Fall Retreat fell right on the halfway point of the semester, so it is fitting to know that just as the climb back down from Mt. Everest is exciting and adventurous, so will be the second half of the semester.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and giving that made this year’s Fall Retreat a success. I know that 267 students walked away from that weekend with a new fire and passion for our Lord.
Submitted by Ethan Hall, a one-year missionary with Cru at Purdue University